Correction to my previous post, Adam Griffith the FRESHMAN kicker took that kick instead of their Senior Cade Foster who had hit from 53 earlier in the year. Saban made a terrible call to pull him and THEN try that kick. Cade Foster has been a long FG specialist for the Tide for a few seasons prior to starting this season at the primary placekicker. What a head scratcher.
As true as that may be, it's a tough call. Cade Foster hit a 53 yard kick earlier in the season. Have to think he's hit from 57 in pregames. One of the strongest legs in the NCAA. You've got a chance to get out of that game without Auburn's offense hitting the field again. He had missed two kicks earlier in the game. Maybe Saban felt like he was due for a good one. Tough loss to swallow, but all of these guys are athletes. You've got to expect one of them to be able to tackle a returner if that happens.